The Beatles remixed and remastered

I was thrilled when Apple released the remastered Beatles albums a few years ago.  The songs sounded so clean and crisp.  It was immediately noticeable on songs like “Dear Prudence” and the early work (wow, you can actually hear the bass now!).  They even fixed the mistake on “Day Tripper”!beatles_12a

However, it was not all that I had hoped for.

While the songs were remastered, they were not remixed.   The Beatles worked in mono up until “Abbey Road”, and the stereo mixes were an afterthought.  The earlier albums have all the instruments on one side and all the vocals on the other, which is very jarring and not pleasing.  Later albums are almost as bad.

When Apple released the “Yellow Submarine Songtrack” they remixed and remastered the songs, and the results are wonderful.  Compare “Nowhere Man” to the original version on “Rubber Soul” and you can hear the difference.  The multi-tracked vocals surround you.  I can imagine that if the Beatles had the technology back in 1966, this is how they would have wanted it to sound.  And then on the “Love” album, we finally got “I Am The Walrus” in true stereo, something I had waited 40 years to hear.

So my dream is that Apple is doing this for all of the albums.  I mean, why wouldn’t they?  People like me will rush out to buy the whole set, and they’ll make another vault full of money.

I also would love for them to get rid of the “Past Masters” albums and add those extra songs onto the CDs, where there is plenty of room.  I’d also include songs that were completed but never released (until the Anthology albums.)  Here’s where the extra songs would go:

PLEASE PLEASE ME

  • Love Me Do (single version)
  • From Me To You
  • Thank You Girl
  • How Do You Do It

WITH THE BEATLES

  • She Loves You
  • I’ll Get You
  • I Want To Hold Your Hand
  • This Boy
  • Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand
  • Sie Liebt Dich

A HARD DAY’S NIGHT

  • Long Tall Sally
  • I Call Your Name
  • Slow Down
  • Matchbox

BEATLES FOR SALE

  • I Feel Fine
  • Leave My Kitten Alone
  • She’s a Woman
  • Bad Boy

HELP!

  • I’m Down
  • Yes It Is
  • If You’ve Got Troubles

RUBBER SOUL

  • Day Tripper
  • We Can Work It Out

REVOLVER

  • Paperback Writer
  • Rain

SGT. PEPPER’S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND

  • Only a Northern Song

MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR

  • Hey Bulldog
  • All Together Now
  • It’s All Too Much

THE BEATLES (WHITE ALBUM)

  • Not Guilty
  • Across the Universe (original version)
  • Lady Madonna
  • The Inner Light
  • Revolution
  • While My Guitar Gently Weeps (“Love” version)
  • Hey Jude

LET IT BE

  • Don’t Let Me Down
  • The Ballad of John and Yoko
  • Old Brown Shoe
  • You Know My Name (Look Up the Number)
  • Get Back (single version)
  • Let it Be (single version)

ABBEY ROAD

  • Real Love
  • Free as a Bird

 

10 thoughts on “The Beatles remixed and remastered

  1. Mike, I thought I had a bad case of Virus-B, but you’ve got it much worse. Keep rocking, man. Love it, love it, love it! And I’ll look forward to seeing you at the movies on 04 July 14 when I understand we’ll have the pleasure of viewing the (also) remastered A Hard Day’s Night. Can’t wait! Just hope hey don’t screw up the music as was the case with the DVD released a few years back.

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  2. One other thing. If you haven’t seen it, I recommend you to the fab coffee table volume Beatles Gear by guitar expert Andy Babiuk in which he provides all the details concerning most of the instruments The Lads employed thoughout their time together…and beyond.

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  3. One other thing. If you haven’t seen it, I recommend you to Beatles Gear by guitar expert Andy Babiuk which explores in detail most of the instruments used by The Lads during their career…and beyond.

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      • Funny thing about the remasters. I was driving, listening to Breakfast with the Beatles this past Sunday, heard a song – don’t recall which – and thought Man, I never heard that bass line before. Which got me wondering…how much input did Paulie have in the process? I know Sir George Martin and his son did most of the lifting but this bass line was REALLY PROMINENT. Any thoughts?

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      • Well, maybe it just sounded so pronounced because you were used to hearing the song without it. I can’t think of any examples where I thought “Hey, that bass is way too loud.” Then again, I’m a bass player…

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      • Mike, Well seems we’re not only brothers at pen and bar, but also at axe. My fave was a 1970 sunburst Fender Precision. Man, was that thing heavy. Anyway, I said prominent, which, like you, was fine with me. And yes, I’d never heard it because of the way 45s and early albums were mixed for AM radio play. Reminded me a bit of the three instrument bands like Zep and The Who and JHX. Jones, Entwistle and Redding were right in the Goldilocks Zone – not too loud, not too soft – just right.

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